Lerin/Hystad – “Ametarasu”

March 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm


Last year I wrote about the Norwegian/Swedish duo Lerin/Hystad and their album “Mount Buzhou“. There they combined their instrumental music with traditional chinese music, including field recordings from a large music summit in China. On the new album they have crossed the water and gone to Japan to get their inspiration.

Like before they have sampled field recordings in the tracks, but this time taken from arcade halls and subway stations in Tokyo and Osaka. This is mixed with vibes of traditional japanese music, jazz, electronica, progressive and experimental rock. It all becomes a fascinating melting pot where the past meets the present, east meets west, the finetuned organic meets the hard, machinelike. It can coexist at one time and in the next moment the other aspect takes over. Well, it is a bit like I can imagine what Japan is like with it’s deep roots in their own traditions living side by side with the modern society and the influence from the western world. An album with an amazing creativity, abundance of details and a large span of music. Here are two songs:

Lerin/Hystad on Facebookon Spotifyon Bandcamp

Siri Karlsson – “Långt där ute”

February 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Siri Karlsson

The folk/psych duo Siri Karlsson,  Cecilia Österholm and Maria Arnqvist, are on their way with their third album “The Lost Colony”, to be released on th 25th of February. The last song on the album is called “Långt där ute”, which they present today in the shape of a music video directed by David Giese. It’s a journey which starts out calmly, yet somewhat disturbing, but which grows into a powerful folk epic searching for The Lost Colony, tinged by mystique and old folk magic.

Siri Karlssons hemsida – på Facebook – på Spotify – på Wimp

The Tarantula Waltz – “17”

January 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

The Tarantula Waltz

Here’s a new music video from The Tarantula Waltz with a piece of wonderful Americana in the retrospective “17”. The song is taken from his third album “Tinder Stick Neck”, released last year.
Later this year he’s going to release a new EP recorded together with Kristian Matsson/The Tallest Man On Earth, who’s also produced the EP.

The Tarantula Waltz’ site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimp

Mårten Lärka – “Jadåså” album

December 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Mårten Lärka

Mårten Lärka released the new album “Jadåså” during the Autumn. It’s a quite varied record with a 60’s-inspired sound where he’s visiting Johnny Cash as well as American folk singers while maintaining one foot in today’s indie and pop soil. And as usual interesting lyrics in Swedish.

Mårten Lärka’s site – on Facebookon Spotify

Vena Portae – “Flames & Fury”

November 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Vena Portae

Today the Swedish-English trio Vena Portae, Ruben Engzell, Dom Coyote and Emily Barker, released this music video to their song “Flames &Fury”, taken from their debut album. It’s a wonderful piece of folk pop with big emotions, some drama and a lovely warmth I just fell for immediately. I haven’t listened to their album before but I’ll make sure I do now, of course. The write about the song:

A fictitious couple, unhealthily obsessed with one another, addicted to the drama of their love, fated to be together in a perpetual cycle of dysfunction. When we were recording the record in Mölnbo, we went out for dinner most nights to a Turkish pizzeria called Abhi’s. It was the only restaurant/bar in the town. Before doing the vocal take on this tune, we visited Abhi’s and Emily got steamingly drunk so she could get further into character.

Vena Portae’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimpon Soundcloud

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